Denver players who have talked with Wes Welker over the past two days remain encouraged by his progress. Coach John Fox has not ruled out the star slot receiver for the Sept. 7 opener.
"He's doing fantastic in the process (of the league's concussion protocol)," Fox said. "We take it one day at a time. But he had another positive day."
Offensive coordinator Adam Gase admitted that he will review the playbook to determine whether certain plays for Welker are adding danger. Welker's receptions are often in high-traffic areas, where he's bracketed by multiple defenders. Welker ducked to the ground after catching a 9-yard pass Saturday as Swearinger delivered the hit. Welker's head snapped to the turf, and when he rose to his feet he left the game.
He still has to pass protocol but it's a great sign he's showing improvement. Drafting Welker at this point presents a great risk for your fantasy team so owners need to be prepared in case he misses time. That could include a late selection of Cody Latimer, who we think eventually would emerge should Welker miss time now or in the future.